Grant Garland

Grant Garland

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandRockBlues

Mix a little blue-eyed Memphis soul with some New Orleans funk. Throw in some jazz harmony and never get too far away from the blues. These are the main ingredients in the music of this exciting, new Memphis based multi-instrumentalist/singer.

Biography

Strolling down Memphis' legendary Beale Street, you hear the distinctive sounds of Southern soul and blues pouring out of every club. When you pass by Club 152, the savory sounds of up-and-coming musician Grant Garland will draw you in for more. Born on the Arkansas Delta, Garland is drawing comparisons to a swath of well-known musicians as wide as the meandering Mississippi river.

Grant's ability to emulate and embellish upon the diverse musical influences of musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Billy Joel, Prince, Charlie Wood, Elton John, Sly & the Family Stones, Harry Connick Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Clifford Brown, and Maynard Ferguson, electrifies audiences both young and old. His pure talent not only crosses genre lines, but is generating genuine excitement beyond the river delta.
Grant has over 1,000 live performances under his belt, in which he has captivated audiences throughout the Mid-South with tremendous musical proficiency. An outrageously talented piano and guitar player, he is also very versatile on brass instruments such as trumpet and flugel horn. One wonders if there is anything he can't play exceptionally well!

Grant Garland has performed in venues across the region and with artists such as Jimbo Mathus, Charlie Wood, Jon Faddis, Jon Metzger, Bob Mintzer, Airmen of Note, Carl Saunders, Rodd Bland (Bobby "Blue" Bland Band), Corey Osborn, Chris Vadala, and Bill Marshall (Hank Williams Jr. band). He has opened for various artists, including Exile, Preston Shannon, and Jason D. Williams. Grant has taken the stage at such hot-spots as Blues City Cafe, Alfred's, B.B. King's, Silky O'Sullivan's, the Flying Saucer, and King's Palace Cafe, all in downtown Memphis.

Grant's self titled debut album was released in April of 2009.

Lyrics

Deliver Me

Written By: Grant Garland

Lookin' out my window,
Tryin' to get outside,
Nothin' here to stop me,
Just trapped inside my mind,
I can barely hear you,
You speak from years ago,
How can I deliver,
A memory so old,

And I still think about you all the time,
Yeah I still think about you all the time,

You and I were broken,
We couldn't heal the past,
Choosing to forget it,
Doesn't lay a mind to rest,
I can barely hear you,
Callin' out my name,
But I can't quite deliver,
My heart from all the pain,

And I still think about you all the time,
Yeah I still think about you all the time,

Deliver me from evil,
Deliver me from doubt,
Deliver me from yesterday,
So that I might not cry out,

That I still think about you all the time,
Yeah I still think about you all the time.

Home Again

Written By: Grant Garland

I been hearin' somethin' 'bout a party,
'Bout to roll up in there and play this groove for you,
Y'all don't know nothin' 'bout a party,
'Bout to turn it out and do like we do,

Gimme some backyard Arkansas wine,
And we'll be doin' alright,
Head on down a back road 'cross the state line,
Away from all of the red lights,
Got that southern sky high,
Not that street light low,
We're home again and kickin' it real slow,

I've been hearin' somethin' 'bout a party,
'Bout to roll up in there and play this groove for you,
Y'all don't know nothin' 'bout a party,
'Bout to turn it out and do like we do,

I'm alright with drivin' 55,
With the seat way back,
Ain't go no estimated time I'll arrive,
But all I know is the joint better be packed,
We're gonna bring it like we know how,
Y'all better be ready to get up and get down,
We're home again and doin' y'all real proud,

Just took off to New Orleans for the weekend,
Sweat that cabin fever out on the road,
Headed back to delta funk and playin' with old friends,
Bringing with it good swamp bayou soul,

This how we do it in New Orleans y'all,

I said, "Hey, Cap! Where y'at?"
Alright we're 'bout to hit the road,
Second line a'comin' up the street,
'Bout to march it all the way back home,
I said "Hey, Cap! Where y'at?"
Alright we're fittin' to hit the road,
Second line drummer drummin' up the street,
'Bout to march it all the way back home,

I've been hearin' somethin' 'bout a party,
'Bout to roll up in there and play this funk for you,
Y'all don't know nothin' 'bout a party,
'Bout to turn it out and do like we do,

Somethin' 'Bout the Way You Smiled

Written By: Grant Garland

Just another Saturday night in the cool April air,
Drivin' around with the windows down tryin' to let the wind blow away my cares,
That girl that I've known for a while I can't shake from my mind,
The only thing I really knew about her was that she was so fine,
That was the thought that got me so blind sided when my heart stepped in the way,
I wasn't ready for the feeling that she gave me when she looked at me today,

Somethin' 'bout the way you smiled at me,
Made your colors shine so vividly,
Somethin' 'bout the way you smiled at me,
Somehow set my spirit free.

Just another Tuesday night and they say it's gonna rain,
There aren't enough clouds in the sky to hide what we felt in the past few days,
The grey of the evening is a blessing in disguise gonna make for a night to remember,
As the first drop falls from your cheek I give in to your gaze in a total surrender,
Seems so long since I felt someone with only more than a touch,
Through the rain it is clear as I draw you in near that no words could ever say this much,

Somethin' 'bout the way you smiled at me,
Made your colors shine so vividly,
Somethin' 'bout the way you smiled at me,
Somehow set my spirit free.

I can't believe how beautiful you are as we're dancing in the rain,
Hollywood cameras couldn't recreate the magic that the two of us have made,
The finest actress couldn't tap into the passion in your eyes as you looked my way,
No choreography could match the perfection of the way that we moved as the music played.

Somethin' 'bout the way you smiled at me,
Made your colors shine so vividly,
Somethin' 'bout the way you smiled at me,
Somehow set my spirit free.

Over Again

Written By: Grant Garland

I know we've had this conversation once before,
Our voices rose and you walked out the door,
Over the phone I said I'm sorry,
You hadn't made it very far we,
Got over it again,
It's over again

Before we do something we'll both regret,
Pick out the promises we can forget,
So you didn't know we lived with half the truth,
We're lying to ourselves, I've been tryin' to tell you,
It's over again,
It's over again

Again with the tears and the words we didn't mean to say,
Look who we are now think about us yesterday,

Communication here is suffering,
I need some time for a recovery,
I need to tell you that I'm trapped inside myself,
Untie these knots and I'll be someone else,
It's over again
It's over again.

Discography

Grant Garland - Grant Garland
Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, Napster

Set List

In club settings we usually play 3 sets that exceed 1 hour each (10-12 songs)
Showcase environments would last from 1:30 to 2:00
made up of mostly originals.
Originals:
1. Somethin' 'Bout the Way You Smiled
2. Home Again
3. Charlie Doesn't Play Here Anymore
4. Morning Girl
5. Wake Up, Girl
6. I Don't Need You
7. Different Kind of June
8. Secondhand Smoker
9. Perfect Night
10. What I See In You
11. Lost In Your World
12. Call On Me Tonight

Covers: We have a large repertoire that covers Rock, Soul, Blues, and Jazz.
We almost always cover:
1. You Can Leave Your Hat On (Randy Newman)
2. Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
3. Maybe Your Baby (Stevie Wonder)
4. Let's Stay Together (Al Green)
5. Hey Pocky Way (Meters)
Cover songs of newer artists include
6. Hard Knocks (Marc Broussard)
7. Won't Let Me Go (Amos Lee)
8. Sunday Morning (Maroon 5)
9. Ordinary People (John Legend)
10. Mama Knew Love (Anthony Hamilton)
plus many more...